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South Asians Music Artists in Mainstream Music

12Mar

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If you really want to go back in time, Pandit Ravi Shankar was one of the first Indians to have a name in Western music as an Indian music artist. He had really been the first one to surface in mainstream music.

I remember when I first noticed Tony Kanal from No Doubt in the 90’s. I had to look twice because he looked Indian! That made me excited because he must of been the first Indian guy I saw in a mainstream rock band. Although he was kind of white-washed, I know there was some sort of Indian inspiration in the band. Remember when Gwen Stephani went through that phase where she’d where bindis and Indian jewelry? Yup, it must of been Tony’s inspiration. They dated each other too, and “Don’t Speak” was about him. Just a random fact I thought I’d throw out there.

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UDR Album of the Week: World Famous (Panjabi Hit Squad)

17Mar

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This week we’ve picked Panjabi Hit Squad, over the last few months we’ve been teased by their tracks! This album is certainly not one to be ignored!

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Remembering Sonia Rai

15Mar

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We were sad to learn about Sonia’s passing. We didn’t know her personally but we got to connect with folks here in the Bay Area to help promote bone marrow drive and fundraisers. Cure Sonia has been converted into a non-profit to honor her beautiful soul. We can’t stress how easy it is to become a marrow donor. It all starts with a simple cotton swab inside your mouth… no blood. no needles.

Please visit AADP to learn more about becoming a bone marrow donor. For our UK listeners, please check the Anthony Nolan Trust.

From Sonia’s Family via Cure Sonia Fan Page

Dear Friends & Family,

Thank you for all your love and support. In honor of Sonia and to carry on her legacy, we have formally incorporated Cure Sonia into a nonprofit organization. We are humbly requesting that rather than sending flowers, please make a donation to Cure Sonia. For those attending Sonia’s Memorial Service, there will be the ability to donate at the Service itself; for those that cannot attend, donation instructions will be posted on Facebook shortly.

— Sonia’s Family

Cloud 9 Music – Kan Kar Gal Sun

14Mar

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Under the VIP Record Label, Cloud 9 music coming out with their first single Kan Kar Gal Sun. The trailer is a real tease. Track will be dropping March 22nd!

Thinking about becoming Vegan? Tips from S-Endz

14Mar

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I tease S-Endz and call him my “Vegan Guru” (seriously he is) I’m still not convinced I can go completely vegan, however I’m attempting to adapt some vegan principals after juicing for 60 days. To me he’s the ultimate definition of coolness. Thanks for giving us a little dose of your vegan knowledge. 😉 (and giving me a lesson on vegan cheese over twitter heh)

Petz: I know you were a vegetarian for three years before the vegan transition. Think back to your pre-vegetarian days and now being vegan – how has your health improved?

S-Endz: My health has vastly improved since I became vegan. I have more energy, more stamina, my BMI is ideal, I’m more focused… But most impressively, I haven’t caught a single cold since I became vegan, even when I’ve been around multiple friends and family who have been sick. Dairy consumption leads to increased mucous production in the body, which is obviously to be avoided. I would suggest that everyone reading this goes and reads Dr. Robert Kradjian’s “Milk Letter” and/or watch the documentary “Forks Over Knives” to understand what dairy consumption is really doing to your body. It’s truly horrifying.

Petz: When you’re not in the studio, what sort of dishes does S-Endz like to whip up in the kitchen?

S-Endz: I like Indian food, of course. I learned from my Masi how to make a few things. I make a pretty awesome yellow dal, and aloo palak. I like making stir fries with tofu too, and I make great vegan Mexican food – bean burritos with lots of fresh veggies, jalapenos, guacamole and soy cheese :-)

Petz: Since you have had the best of both worlds, is it easier for you to be vegan in UK or US? What are the differences and similarities?

S-Endz: It’s definitely easier in the US because you can get a lot of great vegan specific products at even your average Wal Mart or Safeway, and you have places like Whole Foods. In the UK, it’s harder unless you live in London. But generally speaking, being vegan is easy, and much easier than I had thought it would be. In fact, if anyone reading this tries to go vegan even just for a few weeks, I’m confident they’d be surprised at just how easy it is.

Petz: Do you think you could beat Gordan Ramsay in a vegan cook off?

S-Endz: Honestly, I’ve never watched a single show of Gordon Ramsay so I have no idea whether he’d be able to make good vegan food. Given that he’s a chef by profession, I’d certainly hope so. But cooking for yourself is a different thing to cooking for others so I couldn’t say. I know how to make things I like to eat and that’s good enough for me!

Petz: Hey listeners, I personally think S-Endz can take on Ramsay! 😉

Overweight Man Wants Video To Go Viral…

4Mar

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How many times have you had an Auntie poke you and whisper in your ear – You need to lose weight? Don’t you find that annoying? What makes it worse they keep piling on the fried pakoras, paneer and ladoos on our plates! Can we say Devil’s advocate?! Pshhh!

I know this isn’t an Urban Desi story per say, but I felt it was important to share this video. It’s coming from my compassionate side because I can relate to this man’s struggle (picture below) and it’s a continue struggle for me because I have an eating disorder. I’m an over-eater, don’t laugh, it’s a disease. Look it up. It’s where emotions make me eat and not hunger itself. At least that’s my issues, I’m an emotional eater. Towards the end of the year, I picked up this documentary “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” and I wanted to break my emotional ties with food and have it serve as a source of energy vs. a source of comfort. I juiced for 60 days, got back into my old workout regime (slowly) and retrained myself on healthy eating habits.

I’ve also joined a facebook page Feel Free Foundation run by Sunita Bhogal Pattani. Where other over-eaters and those who suffer from other eating disorders can find a sense of community and support. Every week I go to my local Over Eater Anonymous meeting.

The good news for Robert (the man in this video) is that filmmaker Joe Cross (Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead) has reached out to Robert. I’m not saying juicing is the “be all and end all” solution, it has helped me to get on the right path — believe me this PATH is a life long journey to healthy living. We all have to find our own path because our bodies are all different.

You just have to remember if you are battling this disease like me, you’re not alone. Please feel free to reach out to Sunita at the Feel Free Foundation.

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There I am. Petz, founder of Urban Desi Radio.  On my left my heaviest weight 250 pounds (17st, 12lbs or 113kg)

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Remembering Rana

29Feb

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It’s been over two years since Rana passed away. I’ve been an avid participant in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Last year I dedicated my fundraising in Rana’s memory. It made such a big impact, I feel Urban Desi Radio can be used as a platform to bring awareness to suicide prevention within the South Asian community. The goal is to raise 1,000 dollars. Please pass on this blog to all your friends and family. To make a donate CLICK HERE.

Catch DJ Rekha on ABC Nightline

28Feb

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DJ Rekha at NSB in San Francisco

This is big news for Bhangra music and Underground Desi beats, DJ Rekha will be on ABC NIGHTLINE tomorrow night. Be sure to tune in. For over a decade, DJ Rekha has been hosting Basement Bhangra at SOBs in NYC.

Do you have dreams of becoming a dholi?

28Feb

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My first UK paycheck, I knew what I want – A DHOL! I quickly rushed to Jas Music in Southall, I proudly went up to the clerk and said I want a dhol. He gave me a good price, threw in a free bag and I was on my way. I picked up a flyer and went to a community center for classes. It was a disaster, needless to say, I can’t play the dhol. In fact the teacher made me go to the back and practice a simple composition. I also got it – but failed. To add insult to injury, I was the only woman in the class and some of the blokes mumbled “moti gori” (fat white girl) under their breath. That hurt. I could of snapped back “benchod” but I have more class than that. I never went back. I lost about 75 quid. I still have my dhol, it proudly hangs in my room. I feel like a poser, but maybe I will pick it up again. The problem is there’s NO dhol classes here in the Bay Area.

Recently Dhol Lessons Online has come up with an interesting concept. For 50 quid a year (79 dollars a year) you get unlimited access to their tutorial videos and access to their member area. That’s cheaper than most private dhol lessons. You can learn from the comfort of your own home and the customer service is fabulous. If you are shy in front of people or have no sense of rhythm like me – this is a steal of a deal!

Rock n Dhol folks.

Petz is a wannabe dholi who has no rhythm, but she can whip up chana masala with her eyes closed. That has to count for something right?

The American Nightmare…

27Feb

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I was shocked to see this appear on my FB timeline. It’s a painful that we don’t have health care in this country, we have sick care. The dark side of this care is the bill the patient gets stuck with aka an uninsured American. This bill is for just being in the hospital for 5 days. I got a chest infection in the UK, was kept there eight days and they sent me off with an extra dose of my asthma medicine. How much did I have to pay? Nothing. While I was bored to tears by the fifth day; I couldn’t help but be grateful I wasn’t going to get stuck with an astronomical bill like this one. The taxes in the UK are outrageous, but at least I know I will be taken care if I got sick. The NHS (UK Healthcare) is far from perfect — however —I would rather be treated under NHS than here in America.

Petz is a dual US and UK citizen, she’s currently going through Nandos withdrawls (pita and hummus platters) — please send your nandos cards to urbandesiradio[@]gmail.com so she can raid Nandos the next time she’s in the UK.